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Would taking karate lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Would taking karate lessons improve my self-defense abilities?

Yes: karate will help to develop your strength and balance, and teach you good form so that you don't injure yourself doing a punch or kick. If you are ONLY interested in self defense, then a martial art that is more street oriented may be of more help. For instance, krav maga and Jeet kune do train wearing shoes and not in bare feet. It is only for self defense and not for tournaments. ...Read more

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What exercises or training can I do to improve my speed when I do karate?

What exercises or training can I do to improve my speed when I do karate?

Train for power: You should be training for power/explosiveness. Usually this is done with olympic lifts like the clean and snatch. Plyometics can be helpful. ...Read more

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I do karate, so have to kick alot and recently ive been feeling when i kick my ankle clicks and starts to pain?

I do karate, so have to kick alot and recently ive been feeling when i kick my ankle clicks and starts to pain?

Can the Kick.: It's probably time to have your ankle evaluated. Clicking associated with pain could be the start of some developing issues with the ankle. I would reconsider the aggressive kicking until any concerns with the ankle can be ruled in or out. ...Read more

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What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

Rest: Rib injuries are pretty common in karate and MMA. Initially you may want to ice the sore ribs for 20 min at a time the first 3 days - most important time is right after the injury to limit swelling and bleeding. After that, it just takes time. We no longer recommend wrapping the chest with compression wraps because it will prevent you from taking full breaths and increase your risk of pneumonia ...Read more

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Is it true that girls who do karate might lose their verginity during a strong hit ?

Not technically: It is possible for a small tear of the hymen, however this will usually heal as long as there is no further trauma. There are groin protectors that women can wear if this is a big concern. Groin strikes are illegal in tournaments for both sexes, but accidents can happen so it is "possible". ...Read more

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I have an iliopsoas snapping that is painful since the past 1.5 yrs. Could it be a martial art (karate) injury due to repetitive falls?

I have an iliopsoas snapping that is painful since the past 1.5 yrs. Could it be a martial art (karate) injury due to repetitive falls?

Possibly: There are many possibilities why internal( iliopsoas) snapping hip begins.Some are anatomic or related to trauma or sports ( most common). Sometimes orthopedic surgeons who treat both types of 'snapping hip' syndrome commonly just don't know why it begins...Try to see a specialist who is comfortable treating your condition . Best of luck! ...Read more

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Karate with femoral anteversion, is this okay?

Should be OK: I do not see any probelm with Karate and femoral antebersion. Good luck. ...Read more

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When after an inguinal surgery can I begin training in karate to get myself in shape?

Depends: The final say is your surgeon's. As a rule, i allow my laparoscopic hernia repair patients to begin full activity, including sports and weight lifting, in as little as 8 days. All depends on the site and technique. An open repair would have to wait 2-3 weeks - again based on site and technique. Good luck. ...Read more